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Gamasutra - Road to the IGF 2019
Road to the IGF: Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn 2
by Joel Couture [03.15.19]
Return of the Obra Dinn sets the player free on a dead ship heavy with mysteries, asking them to unravel a massive snarl of events and clues to reveal what happened to this lost crew.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Triband's WHAT THE GOLF?  
by Joel Couture [03.14.19]
WHAT THE GOLF? is a golf game for people who hate golf (but love surprises). Just when players think they'll be hitting a ball, they'll hit houses, cars, and far more absurd things.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Nolla Games' Noita  
by Joel Couture [03.13.19]
Noita simulates every pixel of its world, allowing players to break walls, set fire to oil, melt ice, and generally change the environments around them as they explore procedural places.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Cavanagh, Houston, & Dobbe's Dicey Dungeons  
by Joel Couture [03.11.19]
Dicey Dungeons is roguelike RPG that places your fate in the roll of a die. However, with each class and ability, you can attempt to shape what happens with each roll.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Fictiorama Studios' Do Not Feed the Monkeys  
by Joel Couture [03.08.19]
Do Not Feed the Monkeys puts players in charge of multiple camera feeds looking in on the private lives of various people, but asks them not to mess with their lives. Will they resist, though?
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Calis, Nijman, Kallio, and Johann's Minit  
by Joel Couture [03.06.19]
Minit takes a grand adventure across a sprawling world and breaks it into one-minute chunks, having players find secrets, defeat bosses, and delve through dungeons on a tight time limit.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: En Garde! Team's En Garde!  
by Joel Couture [03.04.19]
En Garde! is a game of swashbuckling swordplay, tasking players with using environments, acrobatics, and taunts, as well as their blade, to overcome hordes of enemies in chaotic melees.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Seemingly Pointless' eCheese Zone  
by Joel Couture [03.01.19]
eCheese Zone will have players playing some totally tubular eCheese-Brand minigames. So long as they don't accidentally break one of the game's rules and get locked out for an hour. Nice! 
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Paper Team's It's Paper Guy!  
by Joel Couture [02.27.19]
It's Paper Guy! takes the player to a cute paper world, encouraging them to cut whatever the see as they explore.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Arbitrary Metric's Paratopic 1
by Joel Couture [02.25.19]
Paratopic is an experience in shifting narrative and sound -- a tale filled with looming dread and mistrust in reality as the player explores three threads that connect in a nightmare world. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Cassie McQuater's Black Room  
by Joel Couture [02.22.19]
Black Room takes the player on an insomnia-fueled journey of tabs and dream-like internet places, following female game characters as they explore new narratives in a shifting, fragile HTML world.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Zachariah Chandler's Nth Dimension[al] Hiking  
by Joel Couture [02.20.19]
Nth Dimension[al] Hiking explores places you're not supposed to be, leaving players to explore and wander them as they seek the hidden truths buried within seemingly dead ends.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.19]
after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Polyarc's Moss  
by Joel Couture [02.14.19]
In Moss, a little mouse sets off on a grand VR adventure, the player alongside her, using their shared abilities to solve puzzles and overcome monsters that they couldn't tackle alone. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Wadjet Eye Games' Unavowed  
by Joel Couture [02.12.19]
Unavowed sees the player returning to their life after being possessed by a demon, and follows their decisions as they face a greater imminent darkness.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Berzerk Studio's Just Shapes & Beats  
by Joel Couture [02.11.19]
Just Shapes & Beats is a bullet hell in a music visualizer - and dizzying dance of light, color, and song as players struggle to survive while moving and dodging to the beat.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Tholen, Lasch, Nelson Jr., and Cochran's Hypnospace Outlaw  
by Joel Couture [02.08.19]
Hypnospace Outlaw takes players to the information superhighway of a 90s internet-inspired cyberspace, having them enforce the laws of this digital place or decide to help its online populace.
Indie, Video, IGF

Don't miss these illuminating interviews with the IGF 2019 finalists!  
by Staff [02.07.19]
Gamasutra has published short, interesting interviews with about half of this year's IGF award finalists, so now's a great time to jump in and get caught up on what these innovative devs are up to!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC, IGF

Road to the IGF: Free Lives' Genital Jousting  
by Joel Couture [02.07.19]
Genital Jousting uses the framework of the mundane lives of anthropomorphized penises to tell a story of toxic masculinity and breaking down harmful socializations.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: yesyes' Circle0  
by Joel Couture [02.05.19]
Circle0 is a game that's designed to break down - an experience in incomprehensibilty and chaos that grows more distorted and unpredictable with every interaction. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Gossamer Games' Sole  
by Joel Couture [02.04.19]
Sole takes players to vast cities bathed in darkness, having players unveil their presence, histories, and story with light.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: ThroughLine Games' Forgotton Anne 1
by Joel Couture [02.01.19]
Forgotton Anne takes the player to a land of the items we've forgotten, our discarded objects given striking life in a world built to evoke the feeling of an animated feature. 
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Nonsense Arts' ETHEREAL  
by Joel Couture [01.29.19]
ETHEREAL takes the player through a complex, puzzle-filled place without words, teaching them through its colorful visuals, peaceful goals, and thoughtful mechanisms.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey  
by Joel Couture [01.28.19]
Alto's Odyssey takes players on a stunning sandboarding journey across shifting sands, gliding across striking landscapes and beautiful backdrops that hint at a world beyond the dunes.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game  
by Joel Couture [01.25.19]
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game follows a nice amphibian detective to an island of spooky mysteries (and cheerful animal friends).
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump  
by Joel Couture [01.24.19]
Watch Me Jump turns a play of the WNBA into a piece of interactive fiction, having players shape a life and career through the choices they make for Audra, an all-star player rocked by scandal.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle  
by Joel Couture [01.22.19]
Seers Isle is a visual novel that explores player agency in the genre, casting them as an invisible character who must use choice to change her fate.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad  
by Joel Couture [01.22.19]
levedad is an autobiographical game of long-exposure photography, but one that asks the player to bring their own personal meaning to the places and things they choose to capture in their lens.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Greg Lobanov's Wandersong  
by Joel Couture [01.18.19]
Singing is the only way to interact with the people and puzzles of Wandersong, tasking players with using their voice to improve the lives of those they meet.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Ian Lilley's Mirror Drop  
by Joel Couture [01.17.19]
Mirror Drop takes players to a puzzling world of endless mirrors and reflections, creating a dizzying realm of repeating visions and colors into infinity.
Indie, Video, IGF

2019 Independent Games Festival reveals this year's finalists!  
by Staff [01.03.19]
From Return of the Obra Dinn to Speed Dating for Ghosts to Noita, IGF organizers are excited to announce the finalists for the 21st annual IGF Awards!
Indie, Design, GDC, IGF

Announcing the juries for the IGF 2019 Design, Narrative, and Best Student Game awards!  
by Staff [12.03.18]
Organizers shout out the industry professionals who have agreed to give their time to judge the Excellence in Design Award, the Excellence in Narrative Award, and the Best Student Game Award!
Indie, Design, IGF

Here are your juries for the IGF 2019 Nuovo, Visual Art, and Audio awards!  
by Staff [11.19.18]
A diverse assortment of developers and industry professionals make up the juries of the GDC 2019 Independent Games Festival, an they'll soon decide the finalists for next year's awards.
Indie, Art, Audio, Design, IGF

IGF 2019 welcomes a remarkable array of intriguing and exciting entries!  
by Staff [10.11.18]
The 21st annual Independent Games Festival has closed its call for game submissions with over 500 fantastic entries, from Return of the Obra Dinn to Speed Dating for Ghosts!
Indie, IGF

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2018 Nuovo Award winner Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy!  
by Staff [09.27.18]
The deadline to submit entries for all IGF 2019 categories is this coming Monday, October 1! To help inspire you, today we highlight 2018 Nuovo Award winner Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2017 Grand Prize winner Quadrilateral Cowboy  
by Staff [09.12.18]
Entries for all IGF 2019 categories are being accepted through October 1, with finalists announced in early January! To help inspire you, today we briefly profile 2017 winner Quadrilateral Cowboy!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2016 Excellence in Audio award winner Mini Metro!  
by Staff [09.04.18]
Remember, entries for all IGF award categories are being accepted through October 1! To inspire you we've started a profile series of past IGF winners, continuing today with Mini Metro!
Indie, Audio, Design, IGF

IGF 2019 Inspirations: 2018 Grand Prize winner Night In The Woods  
by Staff [08.31.18]
Hey game makers, entries for all IGF award categories are being accepted through October 1! To inspire you we've started a profile series of past IGF winners, starting with Night in the Woods!
Indie, Business/Marketing, IGF

IGF 2019 opens call for judges!  
by Staff [08.16.18]
Interested in potentially serving as a judge for the 2019 Independent Games Festival Awards? Now's your chance!
Indie, IGF

The 2019 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Hey devs, submissions are now open for the 2019 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 21st year during GDC 2019 in San Francisco next March.
Indie, IGF